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I won't be able to attend these labs as I have other schedule conflicts, but the Windows Vista team is providing two training labs at Tech·Ed 2007. Both labs are free for Tech·Ed attendees, but you must register to reserve your spot. The first lab is an Instructor led Lab in Room S331-C and is broken up into two 90 minute parts. Part 1 takes an in-depth look at the most common application compatability issues and the ramifications of the new security enhancements in Windows Vista. This covers topics ...
Robocopy Standard on Windows Vista It appears that RoboCopy.exe is a standard command line tool in Windows Vista and it includes additional options. Previously this was only available via the windows resource kit. The help command from the Windows Vista Robocopy returns: ---------------------------... ROBOCOPY :: Robust File Copy for Windows :: Version XP027 ---------------------------... Started : Fri ...
When Microsoft announced the Dynamic Language Runtime (DLR) at MIX07, it was an interesting concept. Now, thanks to some very hard work by some of the talented people on the Mono project, it only took 16 days to get Microsoft’s IronPython running with DLR on Mono. This means that IronPython can now run: In the Silverlight browser plugin Natively on Windows Vista On Windows XP with WinFx On Linux, BSD, and OSX with Mono It also means that the other dynamic languages (IronRuby, VBx, Smalltalk/DLR, ...
Microsoft has created a Tips for the "Newbie" page designed to give first time Tech·Ed attendees a fighting chance of finding their way around. It does a decent job letting the first timer know about what Tech·Ed has to offer, but I don't think it goes nearly far enough. Tech·Ed is a huge event, last year's event had about 13000 people attending, with an equally huge amount of content. The current count of sessions (including the Hands-on labs) is 1057. That's right, over 1000 sessions. The actual ...
I installed Vista Ultimate recently on a development laptop and was initially upset to find the handy Virtual CD-ROM which had worked so nicely under Windows XP no longer worked. Having faced such similar behavior under XP with older games I liked to play, I immediately decided to see if using it in Compatibility Mode would work…and it does! Simply right click the VCdControlTool.exe and select Properties as shown below to change compatibility: This worked on my machine using Windows Vista Ultimate.Oddly ...
The Devteach conference has started, During breakfast I was seeing all the legends of the .Net world. It was pretty cool to be hanging out with the likes of Roy Osherove, Jeremy Miller, Jean-Paul Boodhoo, Scott Bellware, Oren Eini, Adam Machanic, Carl Franklin, Markus Egger, and Miguel Castro! Anyways, here's a synopsis of day number 1. Agile Development with Ray Osherove I was really excited to see the Agile development track in the conference. Roy came in the room wearing a shirt that said "Geek" ...
A short couple of weeks ago, I criticized Microsoft's "Ten Immutable Laws of Security." The so-named Ten Laws leave Microsoft shielded from users who will be going approval-crazy under User Account Control (UAC) because they either don't know for sure how to respond to the dialog, what they did to cause the dialog to come up, or whether they really want to do whichever action is happening. I particularly criticized the "If a bad guy can convince you to run software on your computer..." law, which ...
Here is an interesting story: someone switched from Mac OS X to Windows Vista and reports a faster, more pleasurable experience. Quote: "I didn’t expect it to be like this, I didn’t want Vista to be this good - I was expecting to boot back into OS X and living happily ever after, but damn, this is one fast, slick and nice operating system. If you are a Mac user try it yourself, install boot camp and Vista and it will feel like you just added another CPU and doubled your RAM - I can’t see any evidence ...
One of the neat things Microsoft incorporated into Windows with the release of Internet Explorer 4 (which was provided for Windows 95 and Windows NT 4.0 with Service Pack 3) was the CryptoAPI, which provided not only services for secure hashing and stream ciphers, but also implemented Microsoft's Authenticode (r) code-signing verification. Authenticode is the technology that allows a Certification Authority (CA) such as Verisign to issue certificates to its clients in order to establish that software ...
I was just reading the following from the Windows Vista Blog that I thought I would share... On 31 May 2007, all Customer Preview Program (CPP) pre-release versions of Windows Vista will expire. If you are running a pre-release version of Windows Vista (Beta 2, RC1 or RC2), you will begin to receive warning notifications about the upcoming expiration on 18 May. To avoid work disruption and loss of data, we strongly recommend that customers running any of these pre-release versions of Windows Vista ...
May Meeting - May 10, 2007 GCNUG Welcomes Brian Hitney (Microsoft) to Charleston! GC.NUG is pleased to announce Brian Hitney will be speaking at our user group. Brian is the Microsoft Developer Evangelist for the Carolinas. He comes to us fresh from the Windows Vista team in Redmond. This month Brian will give a presentation on Windows Vista Internals. Join us to dig under the hood of Windows Vista...and discover more than "just a pretty interface" ...
Update on July 12, 2007 There is a cool utility released by the IE Team called "User Agent String Utility" which is a small executable that opens an instance of IE 7 which is configured to report its identity as IE 6. This helps with websites which do a comparison of the IE Version and tend to recognize IE 7 as an outdated / unidentified version and hence dont function / render well. Once you install this utility, you can open up "User Agent String Utility" from Program Files and it would prompt ...
If you are using windows vista on a domain you may find you are unable to get windows updates. When added to a domain Vista adds a registry key (a policy) to look for a WSUS server. I don't know the ins and outs of it but I presume that if that server isn't dishing out Vista updates it fails. So anyway the key to delete is... HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software... there is a subkey called AU; delete that as well! Restart windows and set the update going and all should ...
Full disclosure: While my paycheck and livelihood comes from working for Microsoft, I want to make it clear that the following has nothing to do with that fact. I'm speaking strictly as a technologist trying to make his way in the world. Like a lot of folks in the software biz, I get a lot of e-newsletters each day, and I try to at least peruse each one to keep current with what's happening in the industry. The past week, one specific newsletter has contained so much vitriol about Vista and what ...
I've been working on the publication of a Windows Vista exploit that targets User Account Control (UAC), the part of Windows Vista that prompts users to explicitly grant administrative approval whenever a privileged operation takes place. Once I finish my whitepaper and proof-of-concept code for it, I'll submit it to Microsoft and give them a week before I publically disclose it to Bugtraq. Why am I giving them only a week to respond to it? Because in Microsoft's mind, it doesn't seem to be a "security" ...
April Meeting - April 12, 2007 We're giving away a fully licensed copy of Windows Vista Business Edition this month! GC.NUG is pleased to announce Murray Gordon will be speaking at our user group. Murray is the Director of Technology at Cambar Solutions (www.cambarsolutions.com), a consultation services and custom supply chain software company to many of the world's largest distribution companies. Murray Gordon brings more than 10 years of technology consulting and systems integration experience ...
Paul Thurrott claims to have the inside scoop on both Vista SP1 and XP SP3. Microsoft will ship Windows Vista SP1 concurrently with Longhorn Server in Q3 2007 and SP1 will include a major kernel update for Vista that will bring the client OS up to speed with the version of the Windows kernel in Longhorn Server Certainly that has been my impression for quite some time. If you spend any time trying to read between the lines with MS, that's the only reasonable conclusion. He's not happy at all about ...
See all Windows Vista gadgets at http://gallery.live.com/results.aspx?l=1&ti=2".
Some of them are really cool, my personal favorite is the one for ebay.
It seems that the web based eventlog viewer have been taken out of SharePoint Central Admin in MOSS RTM as the EventLog.aspx page is missing. It is a shame as I find it useful to see the last 25 event log message output with their full description on a single page. It is annoying when you have to click on each individual Event to see their description in Windows Event Viewer, the up/down arrow doesn't help much either since after clicking a number of times you tend to forget what the description ...
There has been a hack and an official KB on how to run ADUC under Vista. And while not perfect, it is functional. No one I know can understand Microsoft's logic for not having this solved prior to shipping Vista. If you also want to enable the Exchange extensions in ADUC there is one more step. After you do the things mentioned here, copy these three DLL's from a Windows 2003 Server (c:\%systemroot%\system32): netui0.dll netui1.dll netui2.dll Then re-register regsvr32 \windows\system32\maildsmx.... ...
There are 14 core tracks and 2 virtual tracks at Tech·Ed this year, which will cover more than 1,000 sessions. In case you're wondering, a virtual track is a collection of sessions or labs that share a common theme but span several tracks. Microsoft has revised the technical tracks slightly since my original post, so I have updated my summary. Architecture Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) Office Business Applications Software as a Service (SaaS) Business Capabilities Software+Services Industry ...
*Moved to: Mobile Device CenterThe one thing I do not like about the mobile device center is that it can't sync with the built in windows vista components (Contacts, Calendar and email). This is, I think, a deficiency in the product. I would have liked Outlook to also use these components (or to be able to choose to), as it would mean a single storage mechanism for all email clients on Vista.Read more...Follow my new blog on http://blog.hinshelwood.com ...
Jeff Atwood over at Coding Horror tells you how to legally evaluate Vista for 120 days (instead of the standard 30) before entering a product key. When you install without a product key, you get an automatic 30 day evaluation period.* This probably isn't news to anyone. What may be news to you, however, is that you can easily extend the 30-day Windows Vista grace period to 120 days. No hacks required. This is an official, supported operation directly from Microsoft. To extend the grace period another ...
One of the key new features of Windows Vista is a component called the Kernel Transaction Manager (KTM) that brings inherent support for transactional development in not just the kernel-mode but also for user mode. Infact, NTFS has been enhanced to use and support transactions such that couple of new APIs (e.g. CopyFileTransacted, MoveFileTransacted just to name a few) have surfaced up. You can get more details on Transactional NTFS here. To demonstrate the power of the new APIs, I wrote a C++ class ...
Some weeks delayed but is finally out!, this new Febrary 2007 CTP basically has support for Vista and includes another minor bug fixes. The most relevant bug fixes are the follow: Support for Windows Vista Guidance Navigator performance and display improvements Handling of read-only .gpstate files Use of standard system colors in wizards and dialogs Fixes to registration recipes Tom has published a detailed description of this new release here. Download the new GAX Feb 2007 CTP here ...
I don't know about you, but my first home computer was a Commodore VIC-20 longer ago than I care to admit. From there, it was a Commodore C64, then a C128. After that, we got our first IBM PC compatible, a Goldstar made PC clone. I never really got in to the Commodore Amiga, although the graphics and operating system where definitely ahead of it's time. The Commodore line sort of died out in 1996 with the Amiga, and hasn't been heard in the mass-consumer market since then. That's all about to change! ...

Everyone attending Mix 07 will recieve a free copy of Windows Vista Ultimate.

Read the article here.

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Microsoft invites you to experience the next generation of application development platform that will let you deliver rich, interactive experiences to your customers. City Date Venue Hyderabad 15-Mar-07 Fortune Katriya Pune 16-Mar-07 Sun-N-Sand Delhi 21-Mar-07 Marriott Mumbai 22-Mar-07 Kohinoor Continental Chennai 23-Mar-07 Ambassador Pallava Bangalore 27-Mar-07 Royal Orchid Date, Time, Venue: 15 March 2006 9:30 AM (Registration and Tea) Hotel Fortune Katriya, 8, Rajbhavan Road, Somajiguda, Hyderabad ...
Usually I don't write about my current employer or work, but I think this time it deserves to make an exception. You read already it in the title: I work now on The Collective Molecular Environment (C-ME) for The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI). If you are following the news on Windows Vista or WPF you have probably seen this application already (the screen on the right might remind it to you). The Scripps Research Institute is a biomedical research organization that is trying to find a cure for ...

No Zune?  How about some desktop wallpapers.  Microsoft has released 2 new desktop wallpapers based on Windows Vista Ultimate.  You don't need to actually be running Ultimate, or Vista for that matter, to use these.

Wallpapers are in 4:3 and wide screen format.

Watch you're Liquid Background with Windows Vista Ultimate's Extra, Dreamscene.

Former GWBer and now MSFTy Brandon Paddock has released an app for Windows Vista that gives you the shortcut ability of Windows Desktop Search (formerly MSN Desktop Search) on the Vista Search box which is nested in the start menu. Go check it out. Brandon you are 'The Man'. First all those uber tips for WDS and now Start++. As a matter of fact, I find myself using WDS more for the shortcut ability rather than for the search functionality. Link: http://brandonlive.com/cate... Technorati ...
One of the interesting things about Windows Vista is the User Acccount Control (UAC) and the Elevation it requires when executing activities that require Administrative Priveleges. Windows Vista, by default runs users as a Standard User and as such when an administrative task is attempted, it prompts you to verify the permission. If you are running your applications on Windows Vista for the first time, you may be a little amused by this operation but it shows the security model that has been the ...
Hamad Darwish, a photographer, was comissioned by the Windows Vista team to take a series of photographs of which some would be used as wallpapers in the new OS. Long Zheng introduced him via some blog posts. In the interview Hamad mentioned releasing the entire set of photographs to the public. The shots are simply amazing. Here is the link to his site and the photos. He also has a Flickr page. Long's original blog post ...
Please join the Southern Ohio Exchange Users Group on March 7, 2007 for a night of presentations highlighting Exchange 2007 and Windows Vista. We will be presenting several technical demonstrations on Exchange 2007 including deployment, operational efficiency and Unified Communications. We will also have some fun and informative Windows Vista technical demonstrations as well. Please register here so we have an accurate head count for food and drinks. The meeting will begin promptly at 6:30pm and ...
When accessing a shared folder on a remote computer or device, Windows Vista will refuse to send your password using older encryption methods. Unfortunately, many NAS devices as well as computers that use older versions of linux or MacOS (X) do not understand the newer encryption methods. This keeps you from being able to access these devices. The solution is to force Windows Vista to use the older encryption methods. To do that, follow these steps: Windows Vista Home Basic/Home Premium: Click start ...
If you are running a Windows XP machine and itching your hands to upgrade to Windows Vista, Windows Vista Upgrade Advisor is something which you would love to check out. Windows Vista Upgrade Advisor is designed to help Windows XP users identify whether their PCs are ready for an upgrade to Windows Vista, which edition of Windows Vista meets their needs, and which features of Windows Vista will be able to run on their PCs. Windows Vista Upgrade Advisor will help you determine if your current PC is ...
MIX is Microsoft's Conference for Web Designers. It is an annual Conference that happens in U.S. and is subsequently held in other subsidaries. Check my earlier post on IndiMix, last year. MIX 07 is going to be an exciting event for Web Developers, Designers and Web Business Persons. It is a fun filled event and guess what, it is happening in the fun filled place, Las Vegas. The event or rather the 72 Hour conference is from April 30 - May 2nd. So, whats lined up there for you? If you are a Web Designer, ...
Well, this is hardly a kosher topic to talk about - people get up in arms about the idea of Open Source and the free software movement. Recently I was on the FSF browsing about when I found quite an interesting website: BadVista.org What the hell??? Now, I am quite open-minded about open software, but I found this website just childish. The reason for the existence of this site is labeled as: "The BadVista campaign is an advocate for the freedom of computer users, opposing adoption of Microsoft Windows ...
There are 14 core tracks and 2 virtual tracks at Tech·Ed this year, which will cover more than 1,000 sessions. In case you're wondering, a virtual track is a collection of sessions or labs that share a common theme but span several tracks. The Session Scheduler launches in April and we will get our first real look at the actual sessions available in each track. Until then, we have to be content to speculate. Looking at the technical tracks page, it became clear to me that there is a lot of information ...
Why Windows Vista costs less than you think? Windows Vista delivers great value to businesses by addressing critical business scenarios. Firstly, it empowers your people by making it easy for them to find, share and use information. Secondly, it enables mobile and remote workers to stay connected and productive wherever they are. Windows Vista also addresses growing security threats and helps protect your people's data in and out of office, secure your environment, and makes it easier to achieve ...
New TIP... In need of disabling IPv6 in Windows Vista, go to: The Cable Guy - October 2005. Changes to IPv6 in Windows Vista and Windows Server "Longhorn" http://www.microsoft.com/te... Summary: Unlike Windows XP, IPv6 in Windows Vista and Windows Server “Longhorn” cannot be uninstalled. To disable IPv6 on a specific connection, you can do the following: • In the Network Connections folder, obtain properties of the connection and clear the check box next to ...
I have finally reinstalled my Vista Ultimate to RTM after running RC1 for some time. The installation went smoothly and took less than half an hour for a clean installation with all the essential drivers without me having to go rummaging through my CD collection to find any drivers. I chose to install the Ultimate rather than Enterprise version since I plan to use Vista for both entertainment and work. The picture below which I've expertly copied from the Windows Vista magazine sums up nicely the ...
Wow - What a ride its been - the past few days have been more than exciting in more than many ways for me. Maybe I’ll just stick to the Vista launch today – It’s not yet time to blog about others. The $6 billion block buster, most widely used piece of software ever made by man finally made it into the hands of the consumer on Jan 30th! Here are a few glimpses from around the world when it was time... Japan - Paris - India – Hollywood Tries out Windows Vista Launch Event Photos Times Square Launch ...
I already had VS 2005 Team System installed and I have downloaded and installed the Windows MC SDK 5.0, Visual Studio 2005 Extensions for the .NET Framework 3.0 and Windows Vista SDK for .net 3.0.I have been going through the Windows Media Center SDK doc and have been finding it very useful. It always amazes me the quality of the documentation MS provides with their products. I'm currently about 20% or 30% through the doc.The doc tells me that I have 3 different technologies to choose from. Those ...
My daughter is sick today so I decided to stay home from work and take care of her so my wife could take our son to school and go run some errands. Plus I’ve been feeling a little stressed and could use the time off.I've also wanted to start a blog for a while and this seemed like an opportune time to do that.I am a C#.net developer. I've been wanting to find a hobby I can work on in my spare time. I am going to stick with something with development. I work for company developing middle wear for ...
Mostafa, our cool super funny designer at SilverKey, wrote to Middleest Developers yahoo group a message titled "MDC 2007, is it worth going to?". This was my reply to the message... There's only one day left anyway! Look, the MDC is a little bit good for those who didn't attend MDC before, and for students as well (opens many topics that are pretty new to most students). For professional developers who are up to date (who are not so many anyway), or who attended MDCs before (those are many I guess), ...
I’m loving this new Texas Hold’em Poker games that comes with Windows Vista Ultimate Edition. Anyone else a Card-Shark? Then post your best score up on your blog. Also, have you seen the prizes on the Windows Vista site? They are really amazing ! So, I thought I would enter, why not? It just means watching three short videos and then you can enter to win. Anyway, it seems that everyone had a great time a yesterdays WebDD, I didn't get to go because I felt rougher than old boots in the end which ...
After a lot of speculation it seems that Toshiba are finally producing drivers for Windows Vista. The message given thus far from Toshiba has been, "when we're ready", which seems rather odd when considering that Toshiba are actually selling machines with Vista pre-installed, hmmm what drivers are they using? Another odd matter is that the drivers are only available currently from the US Toshiba site here, so I would take this as a note of caution which is that main reason I haven't installed any ...
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